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Giving the Best on International Day of Giving – Giving Tuesday 2016

You may not know that today is the International Day of Giving, Giving Tuesday.   You may ask What does that mean to me?

This is the Black Friday for the non-profits out there making a difference in the everyday. While I give to organizations throughout the year, this is the time and money I set aside to donate to places that mean a great deal to me.  I support trees, people, information/education, the arts, and animals.  I give in other people’s names or in remembrance of a lost loved one. This money I give on this day, is my gift to the world.

There are a variety of ways to give to a cause that is near and dear to your heart.

  • You can donate directly to the organization via their website
  • If you have no idea where to start, these websites have many worthy causes: Giving TuesdayGofundme.org (people in need) and DonorsChoose.org for classrooms in need.
  • You can buy a book that donates profits to a worth organization, a few of them are:
    •  It was Always You, and anthology written by several great authors with all proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the LGBTQ youth organization ONE.N.TEN: http://onenten.org!
    • For the victims and families of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy, two anthologies by Dreamspinner Press authors: Once Pulse and Love Wins
    • My friend and colleague, Kim Fielding, has several books she’s published which all proceeds to Doctor’s without Borders–here’s the link to her blog with all the the wonderful books: http://www.kfieldingwrites.com/holiday-shopping-for-a-good-cause/
  • You can volunteer to your organization. Volunteers are the heart and the muscle of an organization.

So there  are many ways you can donate.  Which ones specifically am I donating to today? Here are my choices:

The Morton Arboretum  – The Champion of Trees. The Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre living museum, champions trees throughout the world via scientific study, conservation, and advocacy.

The Morton Arboretum is also the center for tree science.  I have been a member of  the Morton Arboretum for over 25 years.

The Garden Works ProjectMission: The GardenWorks Project empowers, educates, and promotes organic suburban agriculture to improve the wellbeing of our community, the environment, and families facing food insecurity. We support all gardeners in their efforts to grow and prepare food for themselves and their neighbors in need.

I volunteer to build gardens for people.

Wellness House – Free support for all those who have been touched by cancer.

This place was a haven and a godsend for me, my mother, and my husband while we struggled with cancer.

Humane Haven Animal Shelter – As a state licensed humane society, it has dedicated itself to the preservation and protection of the pets of our communities.  HHAS serves as the voice for these animals and fosters the placement of homeless pets in compatible, loving homes while also providing the community with pet care awareness and education.

I volunteer, donate, and have adopted six feline companions from this shelter since 2002.

Howard Brown HealthHoward Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.

I have personally witnessed the compassion and care HBH provides for the LGBTQ community, without regard to age, sex, race, or creed.

WBEZ Chicago region’s premier public media service (NPR-member station), serving the public interest by creating and delivering diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires, enriches and entertains. Through a broad range of media platforms, including on-air broadcasts, its website and podcasts, WBEZ connects diverse audiences in its areas and beyond to one another, helping them to make a difference in their communities, their region and the world.  www.wbez.org

I like to keep informed.  WBEZ has been a constant companion to me for many years, giving me a range of viewpoints and opinions on matters in the Chicagoland area and the world.

Gus Li’s Top Surgery  If you didn’t know, a wonderfully talented story teller, wordsmith, and artist is pursing the body he should have been born into.   I am proud to be a member of Gus’s Dreamspinner Family to help support him in this effort.

I have hyperlinked all of the causes, buy, donate links. Just click on them to get there or to learn more about the organizations.

What are your places that you donate your time, money, or voice to?  Let me know!

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